Speakers

Philip Ross
Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK

Philip is an author, consultant and commentator specialising in the future of work. He predicts the way that new trends and forces such as emerging technology will shape how we work, live, learn and enjoy leisure.

He has worked with organisations such as Ernst & Young, Allen & Overy, GlaxoSmithKline, Cisco, McKinsey & Co, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nokia and Ericsson on future concepts for work and the work place.

He has written a number of books on the future of cities, work and workplace including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books including the Corporate Fool and the Responsible Workplace.

Melissa Marsh
Founder and Executive Director, PLASTARC, Inc.

Melissa Marsh is Founder and Executive Director of PLASTARC, a social research, workplace innovation, and real estate strategy firm dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches' to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.' Melissa also leads the Occupant Experience discipline at Savills Studley, which leverages the tools of social science and business strategy to help organizations make more data-driven and people-centric real estate decisions. With an undergraduate degree in social science from Barnard College and a Master of Architecture from MIT, Melissa is an active contributor to professional and research communities associated with the human factors and the built environment, including Worktech, AIA, CoreNet, IFMA, and EDRA.

Neil Salton
Managing Director, ChangeWorq Pte. Ltd

Neil is an Independent Strategy and Change Management Consultant and is particularly interested in helping clients work through the organisational culture, psychological & technological factors in order to create more effective and inspiring environments. His approach is founded on data analytics to inform design and strategy decisions, running in parallel with business engagement to support strategic decision making. Neil’s experience of business outside the world of workplace strategy, enables him to connect in a unique way to drive positive business outcomes. His strategy work a range of options including covers Activity Based Working Strategies, Implementing Pilot Space Designs, Scenario Modelling to assess space requirements, Workplace Assessments, Design Briefing, Change Management Programmes and Communications.

Neil has lived in Singapore since 2008 and delivered major projects in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Korea, US, Canada, India, Australia and the UK across a variety of sectors including Commercial Workplace, Retail and Tertiary Education. Neil is an excellent communicator and very experienced in engaging with all levels of stakeholder groups, to ensure every aspect of their aspirational and functional needs are captured, prior to the start of the design process.

Global clients include Google, SingTel, Macquarie Bank, Bank of Tokyo, L’Oreal HSBC, Julius Baer, Standard Chartered Bank, Hewlett Packard, Deloitte, Nike, PwC, SAP, Nokia, and Microsoft.

Ulrich Blum
Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects

Uli Blum is an expert in parametric workplace design and space analytics. As Co-head of ZHA’s workplace strategies department (ZH Analytics and Insights), Uli has been involved in workplace planning and analytics on over 30 workplace projects in America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia, for workplace communities from 100 to 100,000 occupants. Uli has helped spearhead innovations in algorithm driven automated floor plate analysis and space planning to provide more rigorous, user-centred workplace design than previously possible. Uli’s specialization in workplace strategy and his knowledge of workplace technologies were of particular importance for projects such as the Infinitus headquarter building in Guangzhou and the Sberbank Headquarter project in Moscow, where he developed advanced data driven workplace strategies to optimize proximities and work settings. Other key projects include Unicorn Island, a new live-work master plan in Chengdu and Tencent Innovation City masterplan, a tech start-up precinct in Xian, China

Didi Lenz
Architect

Didi Lenz, started his career in 1984 after finishing his architecture diploma. He was teaching at the University of Art in Linz before he changed in 1993 to give lectures at the Ball State University of Munci, Indiana, USA. Lenz opened his own architecture firm in 1994 in Vienna, Austria. Since 1996 the architect is working for an international brand as Head of Research and Design, Innovation and Application Development he is in charge of collaborations with international designers. He has developed innovative products there and is also successful as architect in Austria.

Arunjot Singh Bhalla
Managing Director

Arunjot Singh Bhalla is a 1988 graduate from Chandigarh College of Architecture and a 1994 Post graduate in ‘Architecture and Urbanism’ from MIT, USA. He is a Registered Architect, Council of Architecture; International Associate, American Institute of Architects and Fellow, Indian Institute of Architects.

In his extensive 28 years’ experience as an Urban Designer and Architect in India and internationally, he has worked on a wide range of projects ranging from mixed-use developments to IT Campuses, Commercial, Retail, Residential developments and Interiors. Besides winning several academic awards and prestigious research grants, he has also delivered lectures at various Public forums.

Arunjot was associated with RSP Singapore for 3 years as key member of its design team. In 1996, he joined RSP India and leads its team of over 360 professionals across 5 offices in the country. As one of the founding professionals of RSP India, Arunjot has been fully involved in all aspects of the company’s growth. His role today encompasses administration, corporate development and design with emphasis on strategy and planning.

Aparna Piramal Raje
Columnist and author, MINT

Aparna Piramal Raje is a thought leader on business and design, workplaces, cities and urbanization. Her first book, Working Out of Box: 40 stories of leading CEOs was published by Penguin Random House in September 2015. The book is based on Head office, her popular monthly column in the Mint, which features the heads of organizations, and looks at leadership through the lens of workspaces and workstyles. Over 75 CEOs from India and overseas have been profiled in the series to date.

She has also contributed to the UK’s Financial Times Weekend, a leading global publication, is regularly invited to address diverse audiences on the subject of business and design, and is a Visiting Faculty member at the Anant National University in Ahmedabad.

Previously CEO of BP Ergo, one of India’s largest furniture companies, Aparna completed her MBA from Harvard Business School read Economics, Politics and Philosophy at Oxford University.

Geetha Adinarayan
Executive IT Architect, IBM Watson Internet of Things, IBM Labs

Geetha Adinarayan is an Executive IT Architect with 20 years of Industry experience including new product development and customer service. Currently she is the global Chief Architect for IBM IoT Building Insights. Geetha's expertise includes IoT, AI, Text Analytics, Performance Engineering, Enterprise Architecture and solving customer critical situations.

Geetha has 8 patents and has published more than 20 blogs. She has presented in number of conferences including IEEE SmartTech, Techgig webinars and others. Geetha received Women Achiever award from CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) for Southern region in 2010. Geetha completed her B.S in Information Technology from BITS, Pilani.

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